The Consumer (Confidence) Survey is a telephone interview survey which measures the views – estimations and expectations – of Finnish consumers about the development of their own and Finland’s economic situation. The survey also examines household’s intentions of making purchases, saving and raising loans. In addition, the survey is a tool for finding out how common various investment targets and modern equipment are in households.The first Consumer Survey was conducted in November 1987. As from October 1995, harmonised Consumer Survey data have been collected monthly on assignment of the EU Commission, which also participates in the funding of the survey.
The Survey sample comprises 2,200 persons and changes completely each month. The same sample is used also for the data collection of the Finnish Travel Survey. The sample is extracted from the population database maintained at Statistics Finland by systematic random sampling. The sample is self-weighting according to regional population density.Participation in the Consumer Survey is voluntary. A letter containing information about the Consumer Survey is sent to all target persons in advance. Non-response is roughly 30 per cent, which means that responses are received from about 1,500 persons each month. The interviews are conducted from Statistics Finland’s telephone interview centre (CATI Centre) by about 30 interviewers. The target area is the whole country and the respondents of the Consumer Survey represent the 15 to 74-year-old population in Finland according to age, gender, province of domicile and native language.The response data are expanded to the whole population with weighting coefficients. The weighting corrects the effects of non-response and improves the statistical accuracy of the data. Weighting coefficients are calculated with a calibration method and by using the probability of each observation to be included in the sample.
The Statistics Act (280/2004) obliges Statistics Finland to treat the data as confidential. In the statistics to be published the data are reported in statistical form so that individual answers are protected.
Last updated 17.5.2013